It's time for another gathering of the Insecure Writer's Support Group! The ever enigmatic Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this successful group, and he has another eager group of minions helping him out this month. They are Mark Koopmans, Joylene Nowell Butler, Elsie, and Lisa Buie-Collard. Being a minion is no easy task, so let's give them a hand for being awesome!
See what I did there? I gave them an actual hand. Okay, okay. I know it's not funny after I explain it (assuming it was ever funny at all), so I should probably learn when to leave well enough alone.
Anyway, you can also check out the IWSG website! It's a cool site full of resources for writers, and you can also find plenty of support from your fellow writers that struggle with the same insecurities that you do.
This month I'm struggling with self-doubt. At least, I'm struggling with self-doubt as I write this post. I hope it doesn't last the entire month. Yikes! As I approach the end of the story I'm currently working on, I'm second guessing every choice I've made about it. Logically speaking, I know that I frequently feel this anxiety as I reach the end of any project, so I shouldn't let it get to me. I will continue to push forward, because at the end of the day, I believe in the story I'm telling. I need also to believe in myself and my ability to tell the story that I'm aching to tell.
We all have moments of self-doubt. Even the most famous among us, those who seem to radiate confidence, have admitted to moments of self-doubt. I must admit that this makes me feel better. If successful people have struggled with that kind of insecurity, that must mean that it's possible to overcome it.
When do you feel self-doubt? Do you think it's healthy and necessary to doubt ourselves and our choices from time to time? How do you move past your doubts when they threaten to overwhelm you?